Series: O'Connor Family #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Also by this author: Enemy Mine, Love Thy Enemy, Dangerous Protector, Sworn to Protect, Shattered Duty, Dark Protector, Lethal Game, Tease Me, Baby
She lost him once…
Years ago Samantha made a mistake and lost a chance at something real with Maguire O’Connor. Now that she’s living in Holly again, she knows seeing him is inevitable. But the last thing she ever expected was to take him on as a client.
Now they have a second chance…
Maguire never got over Sam. Thanks to a meddling family member, he mistakenly hires Sam as his real estate agent. With her in his sights again, he’s not letting her go. But someone from her past followed her back to Holly with a sinister intent. Now Maguire will do whatever it takes to protect the woman he intends to claim as his forever.
O’Connor Family Series: 1. Merry Christmas, Baby 2. Tease Me, Baby 3. It’s Me Again, Baby 4. Mistletoe Me, Baby
Katie Reus is one of my favorite authors and I have really enjoyed this series of novellas set in North Carolina. It’s Me Again, Baby is a second chance love story starring Maguire O’Connor and Samantha. The book starts after Samantha has returned to town after years away. Her and Maguire had a week long fling, then Samantha left and never returned his calls.
You learn the reason for her departure and subsequent miscommunication in the very first couple of pages so the set up of the story felt a little rushed to me. However, the perk to this was that the rest of the story focuses on Maguire and Sam finding their way back to each other. You also get all the quirkiness that comes with the O’Connor family. They are nosy and brash which adds a lot of humor!
Overall, this is a short read with interesting characters and swoony romance. If you are looking for something sweet and quick, It’s Me Again, Baby is a perfect pick to fill an afternoon!
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: second chance; small town; miscommunication
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: stand alone
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler
Maguire grinned when Nora set his hot cocoa down—complete with a candy cane in it.
For some reason, the fact that he’d ordered a hot cocoa made him that much more adorable to Sam. “No problem. Looks like your rush just cleared out.”
“It did, but we’ll see another one in an hour. Let me know if you guys need anything. Well, Sam, you let me know.” She shot Maguire a semi-serious glare. “I’m only being nice to you because you’re with a paying customer.”
“What?” He placed a hand on his chest, mock insulted.
She shot her gaze to Sam. “Jackson got too roughed up on the rink on Saturday and I know it was him,” she said, jerking a thumb at Maguire, “who bruised his ribs.”
Maguire snorted, which wasn’t a denial at all.
“Roughed up?” Sam asked once Nora was out of earshot.
He snorted again, shaking his head. “Brotherly sparring. We had a free weekend and hit the ice for a friendly game of hockey. Us, the sheriff and some guys from the fire department. Nora’s only got a sister though. I think our type of roughhousing is a shock to her.”
“So you’re still playing hockey.” He’d been sexy on the ice. And okay, off it, but when he skated it was a thing of beauty.
“Yeah…wait, you’ve seen me?”
Her cheeks flushed even as she nodded, realizing her inadvertent little confession. “Yeah. Many years ago. When I was in middle school and there was no way you would have noticed me.” They were only a little over five years apart in age.
“Maybe I’ll invite you out for our next game, then. You can tell me if I’ve improved.”
“Or if you’ve gotten worse in your old age.”
“I’m messing with you.” Since she remembered when his birthday was, she knew that he’d just turned thirty and was well, delicious-looking.
His grin widened, taking him from good-looking to ridiculously handsome territory. Everything about him was sexy. With the sleeves of his long-sleeved T-shirt—advertising one of his auto repair shops—shoved up, he was showing off muscular forearms and a plethora of tattoos that made her mouth water.